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From Phnom Penh Virak Buntham to Ho Chi Minh by bus

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From Phnom Penh Giant Ibis to Ho Chi Minh by bus

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From Phnom Penh SinhTourist to Ho Chi Minh by bus

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From Phnom Penh Airport to Ho Chi Minh by flight

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How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Elegant colonial buildings and brightly coloured Orient temples; incredibly tasty baguettes in French-style bakeries and two-dollar bowls of famous pho sold by street hawkers; hip young crowd in leafy city parks and dull grey concrete of the communist-era derelicts – though officially renamed to Ho Chi Minh over 40 years ago, the city still has that wonderful flavour of old Saigon in the air. Buzzing with colourful markets, bustling with chaotic traffic, glittering with bright neon signs and shining with smiles of friendly locals Saigon never fails to conquer the hearts of its guests.

How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

The Cambodian capital and the largest city in Vietnam are connected by numerous buses and daily flights. Though at first sight flying seems a quicker solution to get to your destination, if you add the time required for getting to/from the airport, you may come very close to what buses offer. Pricewise bus travel is considerably cheaper, and the level of comfort is absolutely acceptable.

From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by bus

Giant Ibis Transport has one morning bus daily at 8am and in certain periods the second one at 12.30pm. Buses leave from the company’ bus terminal in Phnom Penh in 106 Street, centrally located close to the riverfront and the night market. Inquire at your accommodation if they are in partnership with Giant Ibis; if yes, the transport company provides free pick-up from your hotel to the bus station. Tickets cost USD18 and include complimentary snack, a bottle of water and free use of Wi-Fi and electrical outlets on board the bus.

The distance between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh is 240 km, but the trip takes about six hours due to immigration formalities on the Cambodian and Vietnamese sides and ferry crossing. During the trip buses make one stop for lunch in the duty free zone right after you pass through Cambodian immigration. Note that lunch is not included into your ticket price but you can order lunch at your expense at Banyan Tree restaurant. The majority of dishes are priced between USD3 and USD4.

At the Vietnamese side you will be required to take your luggage out for scanning and then to proceed through the Vietnamese immigration. After all the border formalities are finished, the bus will finally bring you to your destination.

In Ho Chi Minh, Giant Ibis bus station is located in Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1, which is actually a very busy strip where backpacker accommodation options galore. Generally you can easily walk along the street to find the dig which appeals to you most; otherwise take a taxi: taxis are plentiful and very affordable in Ho Chi Minh.

From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by air

There are direct flights between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh performed by regular and low-cost airlines. Travel time is about one hour, but it is often impossible to find tickets under USD100 – if only you do not hit a great sale period. Cambodia Angkor, Vietnam Airlines and Qatar Airways all operate direct flights from Phnom Penh to Saigon. If overland travel is not your thing, consider this option, then.

Do you have your Vietnamese visa?

Before buying your bus ticket to Ho Chi Minh, check visa requirements for your passport. Many nationalities can now enter Vietnam without visa if they are going to stay in the country not longer that the period indicated for visa exemption. For many passports this free period is 15 days. If you do need a visa or want to stay in Vietnam longer, obtain your visa to Vietnam through the Vietnamese consulate in Phnom Penh before you go: there is no VOA (visa on arrival) service on the land border between Cambodia and Vietnam, and without valid visa you will be refused transportation. The procedure is quick and straightforward; you receive your passport back with a stamped visa the following day after having submitted the necessary documents. Visa fee is USD40. Many tour agencies are ready to help you with Vietnamese visa if you do not want to go to the consulate yourself.

Getting around

Saigon is large and you are most likely to use some kind of wheels for moving around. While some of the sights lie within a walking distance from Phan Ngu Lao, if you choose to walk there, be ready to inhale a lot of smog, walk along the roads as walkways are non-existent or are occupied by vendors or parked motorbikes, and arm yourself with courage absolutely necessary for crossing the street – as traffic light signals are often ignored and pedestrians are never given way to.

Tip: It is useless to wait at the pedestrian crossing till drivers stop to let you pass. Instead start moving forward very slowly as if cutting the thick flow of vehicles. God knows why, but it is the best strategy in Vietnam. Drivers will calculate your route themselves and go round you. Once set to crossing the street, do not run, do not stop and do not change direction – and you are sure to arrive to the other side of the road safely!

The easiest and most obvious way to move around in Saigon is taxis and motorbike taxis. Both are cheap and ubiquitous. All official taxis have metres – make sure your driver switches their metre on when you get in. The most popular taxi scams are using the night tariff at daytime and choosing a longer route to bring passengers to their destination. Motorbike taxis cost approximately half the price you would pay for the same route if taking an ordinary taxi, but never ever get on without having agreed on the cost of the ride in advance and always ask for a helmet – it is illegal to ride without helmet in Vietnam and if caught, it is going to be you, not the driver, who will be fined for not wearing one.

If you are an experienced rider – we mean very experienced motorbike rider – you can try out renting a scooter. Good news: normally you can drive a scooter under 125cc without driving licence. Bad news: there are myriads of motorbikes cruising Ho Chi Minh streets. Yes, myriads! With a scooter you will have much more freedom but note that thefts of motorbikes are not unheard of – park only in designated areas with parking attendants (parking fee ranges from 2,000 to 20,000 dong which is from USD0.10 to USD1).

If you want to savour real local flavour, take a tricycle, aka cyclo, ride. It is quintessentially Vietnamese experience to be pedalled through heavily trafficked streets with your driver behind you and all the road chaos of cars, bikes and buses rushing right towards your insecure means of transport.

Finally, there are public buses – the cheapest and in most cases the fastest way to move around in Saigon – they are always given way to. The only problem is to figure out which line you need. But as soon as you solve the puzzle, enjoy going local.

Where to stay

The prime backpacker’s choice for budget guesthouses is Pham Ngu Lao–Bu Vien area, conveniently located close to Ben Thanh Market. The cheapest rooms can be found at as low as USD10, but USD20 is more realistic amount for which you can get a room in a family-operated guesthouse with private bathroom and air-conditioning. In recent years more and more mid-range hotels are making their way to Pham Ngu Lao, with prices ranging between USD30-USD40. These are mostly clustered around Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong. If Pham Ngu Lao is too frenetic for you, head to Co Giang Street or Co Bac Street. Both offer quite a decent choice of budget guesthouses but boast a quieter ambiance. The central part of the city is the enclave of luxury hotels and international chains though some great mid-range deals can be found there, too.

Activities

There is soooooo much to do and see in Saigon, that planning your stay may become a real challenge. Do not try to cover all the sights in a couple of days; just pick up a bit of everything to see the many faces of the city.

Walk from District 1 to Cholon to visit some of the best temples in Saigon. These are colourful oasis of tranquillity and peace amidst the sea of loud traffic horns and dust. Do not miss an impressive gilded ship in Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda, watch the incense coils hanging from the ceiling in Thien Hau Pagoda, admire four dragon columns brought from China in Ha Chuong Hoi Quan Pagoda and feel as the time slows its pace in a secret Jade Imperial Pagoda. Walk through the rooms and underground tunnels of President Palace complete with rooftop helipad, find out what the modern Vietnamese art is about at rather small but charming Contemporary Art Museum, and study old maps of Saigon and Vietnam at the gorgeous Central Post Office which occupies a stately colonial building of the former railway station. Indulge in shopping: markets in Saigon are incredibly varied and offer an abundance of great finds – from excellent local coffee to stylish gold jewellery.

Last but not least – set on a culinary tour of Ho Chi Minh which is a foodie’s paradise. From Pho 2000 proud for having fed even President Bill Clinton with their soup to elegant Fanny ice-cream cafe with mind-blowing choice of frozen delights, you will have plenty of gastronomic fun in Saigon.

Passenger reviews out of total 6,938 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
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Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jun 26, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
This trip was awful. The air conditioning on the bus was not working so the heat was unbearable. I have never been so uncomfortable or hot. Besides that, the trip took 8 hours which was much longer than it was meant to be. This journey was thoroughly unenjoyable and not worth the money we paid. We wish we would have paid some extra money and taken a flight
Jun 25, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Overall an okay trip, a lot of unnecessary steps however which added to an already long journey
Jun 22, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Not too bad, the air con and WIFI wasn't as good as other Giant IBIS busses we have been on, the problem is this bus broke down, and the staff did not give us any update or keep us informed. We were told it would be 1.5 hours before the new bus would be there, on the side of the road with a smoking bus. We had to get a taxi the rest of the journey.
Jun 20, 2019
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco
Overall the trip was good. Border was flawless, however the bus conductor didn't understand thst some Europeans don't need visas so someone had to translate that it was okay for us not to have a visa in our passport
Jun 19, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Comfortable seats and ride. Relatively frequent rest stops. Overall, good transport.
Jun 16, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Very comfortable. But I think we had a delay going to Ho Chi Mihn but all in all, it’s a great and hassle free experience. The staff is very accommodating. ????????
May 26, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Air conditioning didn't function properly, the WiFi did not work at any point during the journey, and the coach arrives at 5.45pm instead of 4.15pm, so 90 minutes late. Very poor.
May 17, 2019
bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express
From the moment we got on this bus things were not good! As it was at night the bus was very dark and not having travelled on this type before it was difficult to get orientated. It is flat bunk bed design(not like a Vietnam seat reclining type) with a very very small walkway down the middle. It was almost full from passengers getting on at Siem Reap so the upper bunks were full. My partner couldn't settle in the only vacant lower bunk because its a very confined enclosed space with no lights(other than on the phone) and so decided to sit on the front steps and got no sleep! The road is not very good in places and the coaches suspension isnt the best. The bus often sways and bounces - sometimes it felt dangerous. Sometimes very noisy. We got to the border and had to wait an hour before it opened! It then took another hour to go through the customs etc process which seems unnecessarily drawn out. Although we had an evisa we had to pay $3 each for a reason we couldn't understand - a bit of a con i think. I would never recommend this overnight bus due to its very dated design, safety nor comfort.
May 14, 2019
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco
The bus arrive 2 hour more letter than the program
May 7, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Really pleasant, easy journey. Comfy bus and smooth ride. The guide for the border crossing really knew what he was doing and spoke good English. He helped us with any passport situation easily. Only hiccup was when he was away handling the batch processing at the border. The driver spoke no English and wasn't able to communicate with us that we needed to take everything off the bus. Other than that, highly recommended. Unrelated to the bus company, do NOT take the taxis/tuktuks that wait at the bus stop. They wildly overcharge tourists. We got a taxi with a rigged meter and had to make him fix it. Be wary.
May 5, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Our driver was pretty reckless. We've been on a few bus journeys through SE Asia and understand that the roads are chaotic it never bothered us, however our driver from PP to HCMC was a manic. He seemed to be getting a thrill from dangerous overtaking barely missing large trucks on the opposite side of the road all blaring loudly, he had to pull in at one stage because he almost took out an SUV that had been forced to stop suddenly. Rest of the service was fine, clean etc. Just had a nauseous 7 hours because of a bored thrill seeker.
Apr 29, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
The ride was fine but (every company has the same..) it took longer then expected. We did get dropped of at an giant ibis busstation that was nice. Also water and snack in the bus
Apr 27, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
A/C was working perfectly fine. Crossing the boreder was a breeze thanks to our guide. Clean bathrooms where we had to stop for lunch (though the place itself had lots of flies) comfortable seats, good enough leg room.
Apr 22, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Bearable travel from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. There was a piece of hair inside the plastic of the bread though in which they replaced.
Apr 21, 2019
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco
its ok except for driver & assistant dont know how to speak english
Apr 16, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Air con not strong.. vry vry hot & uncomfortable!!
Apr 13, 2019
bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport
Great trip Would recommend it to see more of Cambodia and Vietnam
Apr 7, 2019
bus Express, Mekong Express
A vit slow at the check point.. Other than thst is ok
Apr 6, 2019
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco
The busses OK. The staff not very friendly but efficient. No water distributed on the bus, as it seems every other bus company does. Both going and coming back, the bus was late rewaching the destination by one hour: no explanation from the staff, no revised ETA.
Mar 27, 2019
bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco
before we left the terminal at Phnom Penh, I made clear to the man who collects the passport that I am Filipino and I dont have to pay for anything since I am a Philippine Passport holder which is part of ASEAN. smooth border crossing. they all waited for every person at Cambodia Exit and Vietnam Entry i suggest that their personnel should be more fluent in English.

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